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The Odissi Academy is a not-for-profit organization, Public Charity status of 509(a)(2), with charter IRS 501.c.3, dedicated to promoting the culture, people, and art forms of Orissa through the teaching of its dance form, Odissi, to the younger generation. Orissa, being a state in Eastern India, is overflowing with rich heritage and culture, and our mission is to provide an outlet for that creativity for the rest of the world. The Academy is located in Houston, Texas, where many who are passionate about Odissi, will tell you that it is an amazing dance form, filled to the brim with grace, beauty, and finesse. To completely immerse students in the Odissi dance form, teachers from the Orissa Dance Academy in Orissa, taught by world famous dancer Padmashree Mrs. Aruna Mohanty, will annually come and conduct workshops and lessons for students, further connecting them with the incredible dance form.